Request to reduce speed limit in Roehampton Vale

Date petition submitted: 
10 September 2014
Petition presented by: 
Richard Tracey (past staff) AM,
Petition presented at: 
London Assembly Plenary

Summary of petition

“We the residents living in Roehampton Vale are strongly concerned about the safety for pedestrians and motorists using the pavement on Roehampton Vale often competing with cyclists. Cyclists are unsafe to cycle on the main road with speedy 40mph motorists; that’s why they are cycling on the narrow pavement, competing dangerously with pedestrians, motorist stopping in an emergency and Kingston University students at the bus stop. We consider it will be much safer and the risk of accidents will be reduced if the speed limit between Robin Hood Gate and Tibbets Corner is reduced from 40 to 30mph. We request the support of Wandsworth Council and the Mayor of London in reducing the speed limit to 30 miles per hour.”

Response information

Name of person responding: 
The Mayor
Response date: 
03 November 2014
"Thank you for your letter of 11 September about the petition presented by Richard Tracey AM to the London Assembly on 10 September. I apologise for the delay in responding to you. I understand your also wrote to Sir Peter Hendy about this matter and I enclose a copy of his response. As Sir Peter mentioned in his reply, Tranport for London (TfL) and I remain firmly committed to improving conditionsfor pedestrians and cyclists. My ambitious programme of, among other things, cycling infrastructure improvements is now underway and will generally look for opportunities to provide a higher degree of segregation for cyclists on carriageways. Many sections of the TfL Road Network away from central London, where cyclist and pedestrian numbers are low, have shared footway areas. This is the case, for example, along Roehampton Vale. While I fully appreciate the local concerns that have been raised in the petition, at this time, TfL considers this to be the best option for this section of the A3 as it carefully balances the needs of the various users of this corridor. Turning to the suggestion in the petition to reduce the speed limit between Robin Hood Gate and Tibbets Corner, TfL has discussed this with the Metropolitan Police Service and they have concluded that 40mph is an appropriate speed limit for this dual carriageway section of the A3. It is also line with national guidance on this issue. Thank you"